A road ranger trying to help clear a crash from the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike in Southwest Miami-Dade was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by a dump truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The fatal crash at Southwest 120th Street happened just before 1 p.m. and closed all northbound lanes.
“It’s a dangerous job,” said FHP Spokesman Joe Sanchez. “Anytime you are out there on the road, you are at risk.”
Sanchez said Road Ranger Andres Garcia Boligan, 47, stepped into the northbound right lane to slow traffic, so that a car involved in a previous crash could get onto the shoulder.
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That’s when Sergio Gonzalez, driving a dump truck, locked his brakes and lost control. The truck hit Boligan and a light pole, according to Sanchez.
Boligan died at the scene.
Sanchez said Boligan was well known to troopers.
“We work hand-in-hand out there,” he said.
This is not the first time a Road Ranger was involved in a crash. In October 2014, an SUV slammed into a Road Ranger and a disabled Dodge Charger in Boca Raton. The Road Ranger, identified as 59-year-old Arnold Metellus, of Boyton Beach, died at the scene.
A month earlier, a Road Ranger who stopped on Interstate 95 near Northwest 103rd Street to help a stranded driver was seriously injured when an out-of-control car slammed into him.